by Office Staff
on Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 2:33pm.
It’s been dutifully there for you, every year, for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter…and if you’re like most people, not much else.
The average dining room is generally not used for much more than the occasional holiday meal. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it does mean that you probably have that beautiful space in your home that isn’t being used to its full potential. Do you ditch the dining room entirely, or maybe turn it into a more appropriate entertaining area, or even add another bedroom to your home? Anything could work, but the only thing that ultimately matters is what works best for you. Here are a few dining room-conversion ideas to get you started:
If you’re the type of person who entertains on an almost daily basis, this may be the best option for you. When you host parties or events frequently, having a designated area for socializing can really give your party the organization it needs. Trade in that dining room table for a pool or foosball table, and install a simple bar area for serving up drinks and finger foods for your guests.
Work from home
That large dining room table is just one step away from being your personal desk – just take away all the chairs but one, and you’re all set. The dish cabinets can even double as storage for office supplies, giving you all the space you need for your work. The best part is, when those rare days roll around when you want to use the space as it was intended, you can simply clear off your work material and pull the chairs back up to get your dining room back.
Don’t make your guests sleep on the couch
Whether it’s family, friends, or just an acquaintance over for the night, you should always have an extra bed for their comfort. But how many times have you said “Well, you can get my bed and I’ll just use the couch.” No more – convert that unused dining room into a convenient guest room. Plus, you can simply install a Murphy bed to save space, and leave yourself with the option of using the dining room whenever you need to.
Make the kids happy
If you don’t have a designated playroom for the kids, consider revamping the dining room for their use. Plus, if you find yourself spending a lot of time in the kitchen, this may be the perfect place for your kids to play under your supervision while you work.